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Monkshood and hosta. Hardy to Zone 2, monkshood is a good alternative to hollyhocks or foxgloves in a less-forgiving climate. Its dark blue blooms, which appear on tall stalks from mid-summer to early fall, are attractive to bees and butterflies. Monkshood prefers moist, well drained soil in full sun and would make an excellent pairing with veronica or lady's mantle. Read more: davesgarden.com/...
#hosta 'June' is a sport of H. 'Halcyon' with distinct, pointed, ovate leaves, and beautiful variegation. The leaves have wide, streaked, blue-green margins and chartreuse centers in spring. Leaf center becomes medium to light gold in summer with enough sun exposure, but will remain chartreuse in full shade. Leaves are of heavy substance and are slug-resistant. Pale bluish-lavender flowers appear on 20" scapes in mid to late summer. $240 / 20 plants
"June" hosta (2001 Hosta of the Year by the American Hosta Grower's Association) bears thick golden-yellow foliage with streaky blue-green edges. It also offers a bit of sun tolerance. In fact, with a couple of hours of morning sun, 'June' displays brighter gold leaf centers -